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Publication numberUS3945527 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 05/519,300
Publication dateMar 23, 1976
Filing dateOct 30, 1974
Priority dateOct 30, 1974
Publication number05519300, 519300, US 3945527 A, US 3945527A, US-A-3945527, US3945527 A, US3945527A
InventorsAndrew A. Pylant
Original AssigneePylant Andrew A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paint brush wiping device
US 3945527 A
Abstract
A paint brush wiping device is provided for use with paint cans of the type having a circular lid-attaching portion that comprises inner and outer concentric beads with a friction groove therebetween.
The paint brush wiping device includes a circular rim having a circumferential friction tongue for sealably engaging the friction groove of the paint can.
A wiper blade is attached to the circular rim by means of a web. The wiper blade includes a wiping surface adjacent to a rectangular brush-opening in the device; and the wiper blade includes a wiping edge which is exposed to the rectangular brush-opening.
The rectangular brush-opening provides a first fluid flow path for the return of excess paint to the paint can and a second fluid flow path is provided intermediate of the wiper blade and a proximal portion of the circular rim as a second means of returning excess paint to the paint can.
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What is claimed is:
1. A paint brush wiping device for use with paint cans of the type having a circular lid-attaching portion that includes inner and outer concentric beads with a circumferential friction groove therebetween, which device comprises:
a. a circular rim having upper and lower surfaces and including circumferential friction tongue means depending from said lower surface for sealably and attachably engaging said friction groove;
b. a web having a circular outer periphery and a first rectangular opening therethrough, being interposed into said rim in planar relationship to said surfaces, and having said outer periphery attached to said rim;
c. four elongated trough portions, being disposed in a rectangular pattern, having outer rectangular dimensions conforming to said first rectangular opening, having a second rectangular opening therethrough intermediate of said four elongated trough portions, being disposed within said first rectangular opening in planar relationship thereto, being attached to said rim proximal to said first rectangular opening, and including perforation means therethrough for the return of fluid from said trough portions to said paint can; and
d. wiper blade means, comprising four elongated and substantially straight wiper blades each having an elongated wiping edge, being disposed in a second rectangular pattern, having outer dimensions conforming to said second rectangular opening, having a third rectangular opening therethrough that provides a rectangular paint brush opening with said wiping edges proximal thereto, being disposed within said second rectangular opening in planar relationship thereto, and being attached to respective ones of said trough portions proximal to said second rectangular opening.
2. A paint brush wiping device for use with paint cans of the type having a circular lid-attaching portion that includes inner and outer concentric beads with aa circumferential friction groove therebetween, which device comprises:
a. a circular rim having upper and lower surfaces and including means for removably attaching said rim to said lid-attaching portion and for excluding paint from said friction groove;
b. a pair of elongated and substantially straight wiper blades each having a wiping edge thereupon, being disposed with said wiping edges in spaced-apart proximal relationship to each other, and being disposed intermediate of said rim and in substantially planar relationship to said surfaces;
c. a pair of elongated trough portions each being interposed between one of said wiper blades and a proximal portion of said rim, each being in planar relationship to said surfaces, each being in elongated parallel relationship to said wiper blades, each being attached to the proximal one of said wiper blades, each including perforation means for the return of paint from respective ones of said trough portions to said paint can, and each cooperating with one of said wiper blades to form an open trough that opens toward said upper surfaces; and
d. web means, being interposed between said trough portions and said respective proximal portions of said rim and being in substantially planar relationship to said upper and lower surfaces, for securing said wiper blades and said trough portions to said rim.
3. A device as claimed in claim 2 in which said device includes brush guide means, including a first brush guide intermediate said wiper blades at one end thereof and a second brush guide intermediate the other end thereof, for positioning a vertically disposed paint brush inside said rim and spaced therefrom.
4. A device as claimed in claim 2 in which said attaching means comprises a circumferential friction tongue depending from said lower surface.
5. A device as claimed in claim 4 in which said attaching means further comprises a circumferential flange depending from said lower surface and circumscribing said friction tongue at a constant radial distance therefrom.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to paint brush wiping devices for attachment to and for use with conventional paint cans, and more particularly to a paint brush wiping device that provides an essentially straight wiping edge for a vertically disposed paint brush and that provides first and second fluid flow paths for the return of excess paint to the paint can.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Paint brush wiping devices for use with paint cans have been provided by Saunders, Jr., U.S. Pat. No. 3,744,671 and Levin in U.S. Pat. No. 3,727,792.

The present invention provides advantages over the above-cited prior art in that a straight wiping edge is presented to brushes that are positioned either vertically or on an inclined angle and thereby more uniform wiping of the paint brush is provided than by the aforesaid prior art in which a curved wiping surface was provided for all inclinations of a paint brush except horizontal. The present invention also provides an improvement over the cited art in that paint is kept out of the friction groove of the paint can by a circumferentially disposed friction tongue similar to that of a paint can lid. Further, the present invention provides an improvement over the invention of Saunders, Jr., in that all surfaces are exposed for easy cleaning of the device. Finally, the present invention provides an improvement over the invention of Levin in that a second fluid flow path, for the return to the inside of the paint can of any paint that crosses the wiper blade toward the outside of the can, is provided.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the broader aspects of this invention, there is provided a paint brush wiping device for use with paint cans of the type having a circular lid-attaching portion that comprises inner and outer concentric beads with a circumferential friction groove therebetween. The device comprises a circular rim that includes a circumferential friction tongue for sealably engaging the friction groove of a conventional paint can. This friction tongue provides both an attaching means for attaching the device to a paint can and also a means for sealably excluding paint from the friction groove of the paint can.

The device also includes brush wiper means comprising a wiper blade that is attached to the rim intermediate of the inside bead and that presents a substantially straight wiping edge to a paint brush that is held either vertically or in an inclined position inside the inside bead of the paint can.

The wiper blade is attached to the circular rim by means of a web therebetween; and a brush-opening is provided in the device for insertion of a paint brush into the can, the wiper blade having a wiping edge and being positioned to expose the wiping edge to the brush-opening.

The paint brush wiping device of the present invention also provides first and second fluid flow paths for the return of excess paint to the inside of the paint can. The aforementioned brush-opening provides a first fluid flow path; and a second flow path is provided by a trough in the web intermediate of the wiper blade and a proximal portion of the rim and by a plurality of perforations through the web communicating the trough with the inside of the paint can.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a paint brush wiping device for use with standard paint cans in which the device includes a circumferential friction tongue for sealably engaging the friction groove of the can and for excluding entrance of paint into the friction groove.

It is another object of this invention to provide a paint brush wiping device in which a straight wiping edge is provided for paint brushes which are held either vertically or at an inclined angle.

It is still another object of this invention to provide a paint brush wiping device in which first and second fluid flow paths are provided for return of paint to the paint can.

The above-mentioned and other features and objects of this invention and the manner of attaining them will become more apparent and the invention itself will be best understood by reference to the following description of an embodiment of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a partial top plan view of a first embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a cross-section of FIG. 1; taken substantially as shown by section line 2--2 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional elevation of the top of a conventional paint can;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of a second embodiment of the invention; and

FIG. 5 is a cross-section of the embodiment of FIG. 4, taken substantially as shown by section line 5--5 of FIG. 4.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring now to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGS. 1 and 2, a paint brush wiping device, generally indicated at 10a, includes a circular rim 12a. The circular rim 12a includes a circumferential flange 14a that serves as an attaching means to attach the device to a conventional paint can such as is shown in FIG. 3. The circular rim 12a additionally includes an upper surface 13a and a lower surface 15a. The circular rim 12a also includes a circumferential friction tongue 16a that serves as an excluding means to sealably exclude paint from entering into the friction groove of a paint can (FIG. 3). The friction tongue 16a also serves, either separately or in cooperation with the flange 14a, as an attaching means to attach the device to a conventional paint can.

The device 10a includes a first wiper blade 18a having a first wiping edge 20a, and a second wiper blade 22a having a second wiping edge 24a, a first auxiliary wiper blade 26a having a first auxiliary wiping edge 28a and a second auxiliary wiper blade 30a having a second auxiliary wiping edge 32a. The first wiper blade 18a and the second wiper blade 22a are disposed in parallel and spaced-apart relationship to each other with the first wiping edge 20a and with the second wiping edge 24a proximal to each other. In like manner, the first auxiliary wiper blade 26a and the second auxiliary wiper blade 30a are disposed orthogonally to and at opposite ends of the first wiper blade 18a and the second wiper blade 22a; so that the auxiliary wiper blades 26a and 30a serve as first and second brush guides, or guide means, to retain a paint brush (not shown) inside of an inner circumferential bead 68 (FIG. 3) of a conventional paint can 60; and so that all of the wiper blades are disposed in a rectangular pattern to provide a continuous wiping edge that includes the wiping edges 20a, 24a, 28a, and 32a; and so that all wiper blades cooperate to form a rectangular brush-opening or third rectangular opening 34a. The brush-opening 34a provides an opening for inserting and removing a paint brush (not shown) from a paint can (not shown, similar to FIG. 3). The brush-opening 34a also provides a first fluid flow path or returning means for returning excess paint to the paint can.

A web 36a is disposed in planar relationship to the upper surface 13a and the lower surface 15a, includes a circular outer periphery 35a which is attached to the circular rim 12a, and includes a first rectangular opening 37a.

The device 10a includes a plurality of trough portions 38a, 40a, 42a, and 44a which are disposed in a rectangular pattern within the first rectangular opening 37a and in conformity thereto and which are attached to respective proximal portions of the first rectangular opening 37a.

The trough portions 38a, 40a, 42a, and 44a cooperate to provide a second rectangular opening 45a. The wiper blades 18a, 22a, 26a, and 30 are interposed into the second rectangular opening 45a and are attached to the trough portions 38a, 40a, 42a, and 44a, respectively; so that respective ones of the trough portions and the wiper blades cooperate to form four interconnecting and open troughs which open toward the upper surface 13a. The trough portions 38a, 40a, 42a, and 44a, cooperate with a plurality of apertures 46a to provide a second fluid flow path or a returning means for returning excess paint to a paint can.

Referring now to FIG. 3, a conventional paint can, generally depicted at 60, includes a circular lid-attaching portion 62 which is attached to an upright cylindrical portion 64 by an outer cylindrical bead or double seam 66. The lid-attaching portion 62 includes an inner circumferential bead 68 and a circumferential friction groove 70 that is disposed intermediate of the inner circumferential bead 68 and the outer circumferential bead 66. Since paint cans such as the paint can 60 are conventional and highly standardized, the foregoing brief description will suffice.

Referring now to FIGS. 4 and 5, a paint brush wiping device, generally indicated at 10b, includes a circular rim 12b having a circumferential flange 14b which serves as an attaching means to attach the device 10b to the can 60 (FIG. 3). The circular rim 12b also includes a circumferential friction tongue 16b which serves as an excluding means and which, either separately or in cooperation with the flange 14b, serves as an attaching means to attach the device 10b to the can 60.

The device 10b includes a first wiper blade 18b having a first wiping edge 20b, a second wiper blade 22b having a second wiping edge 24b, a web 36b which interconnects the first wiper blade 18b and the second wiper blade 22b, a first brush-opening 80b which is intermediate of the first wiper blade 18b and a proximal portion of the circular rim 12b, and a second brush-opening 82b which is intermediate of the second wiper blade 22b and a proximal portion of the circular rim 12b.

Referring again to FIGS. 1 and 2, in operation, a paint brush (now shown) is inserted into the rectangular brush-opening 34a and into the paint (not shown) of a paint can (similar to FIG. 3). The paint brush is then removed from the paint and is wiped against one or both of the first and second wiping edges 20a and 24a. Excess paint from the paint brush is returned to the paint can by way of the brush-opening 34a and by way of one or both of the troughs 40a and 42a and by way of a plurality of the apertures 46a.

The auxiliary wiper blades 26a and 30a serve as a guide means to retain the paint brush within the inner bead 68 of the paint can 60 (FIG. 3). Any paint that may be wiped from the paint brush by the auxiliary wiping edges 28a and 32a of the wiper blades 26a and 30a is returned either by means of the first fluid flow path which is provided by the brush-opening 34a and/or by the troughs 42a and 44a and by the apertures 46a.

Referring now to FIGS. 4 and 5, in operation, a paint brush (not shown) is inserted through one of the brush-openings, 80b or 82b, into a paint can (not shown, similar to FIG. 3), and into the paint therein. The paint brush is then removed from the paint and excess paint from the brush is wiped off by means of the first wiping edge 20b of the first wiper blade 18b and/or by means of the second wiping edge 24b of the second wiper blade 22b.

It can be seen that, if excess paint is wiped from the paint brush by means of the first wiping edge 20b of the first wiper blade 18b, then the brush-opening 80b serves as a first fluid flow path or returning means for returning excess paint to the can; and, any paint that should happen to cross the web 36b is returned to the paint can by the brush-opening 82b which then serves as a second fluid flow path or returning means for returning excess paint to the paint can.

In like manner, if excess paint is removed by means of the second wiping edge 24b of the second wiper blade 22b, then the second brush-opening 82b serves as a first fluid flow path or returning means for returning excess paint to the paint can and the first brush-opening 80b serves as a second fluid flow path or returning means for returning excess paint to the paint can.

While there have been described above the principles of this invention in connection with specific apparatus, it is to be clearly understood that this description is made only by way of example and not as a limitation to the scope of the invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/701, 220/695, 220/733
International ClassificationB44D3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/128
European ClassificationB44D3/12N